Special Events & Festivals

A whacking good time

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sisters Amber Murphy (left) and Monica Mullins (center), along with their friend Rose Zschernitz, all of Huntington, try their hand at the whack-a-mole game on the Poor Jack Amusements midway Thursday, June 19 during Huntington's Heritage Days festival.

Martz, Spencer win HD pageant crowns

The Junior Miss Heritage Days court celebrates its victory on Wednesday night, June 18.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The 2014 Little Miss Heritage Days and Junior Miss Heritage Days were crowned Wednesday night, June 18, during the annual pageant.

This year's Little Miss Heritage Days is Corinne Martz, and Junior Miss is Emily Spencer. The girls beat out 46 competitors to earn the crown.

The contestants participated in a personality/interview and modeling competition.

Each category was awarded five runners-up, in addition to the new queens for 2014.

Little Miss Heritage Days court

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Little Miss Heritage Days court celebrates its victory on Wednesday night, June 18. The winners are (from left) Avery Maria Pohler, third runner-up; Elise Felver, second runner-up; Skylar Olson, first runner-up; Little Miss Heritage Days Corinne Martz; Macey Danielle' Long, fifth runner-up; and Madalynn Wellman, fourth runner-up.

Jim Scheiber humbly accepts mantle as newest chief

David Brewer (left), 1982 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, congratulates Jim Scheiber on his being named the 2014 Chief after the annual Chief's Breakfast on Thursday, June 19, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jim Scheiber may be the most self-effacing chief in the 46-year history of the Flint Springs Tribe.

He had one question for the other chiefs gathered at the LaFontaine Golf Club to accept Scheiber into their tribe:

"How can I be the chief of a whole tribe when I'm not even the chief of my own house?"

EMA to keep an eye on weather during Heritage Days

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency will be keeping an eye on the weather during Heritage Days and is prepared to activate warning sirens if a severe weather event is expected to hit Huntington.

Normally, the sirens are activated only for a tornado warning. However, EMA Administrative Assistant Jim Guy says, sirens in the downtown area will be activated during Heritage Days to warn festival-goers of a severe thunderstorm. Public safety personnel will direct the crowds to safe locations.

Announce JeFFFest food vendors, items

The LaFontaine Arts Council is preparing for JeFFFest.
JeFFFest is a community event for all ages. It will be held June 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Huntington.

No admission is charged for the event itself. Tickets for food items will be sold at the Jefferson and Washington Street and Jefferson and Market Street intersections the evening of JeFFFest.

Most drinks will require one or two tickets, and food items will require two to four tickets.

Food vendors and their menus are:

Heritage Days 5K runners will lead the parade down Jefferson Street

The Heritage Days 5K, sponsored by the Men in Black Running Club, will be Saturday, June 21.

The race starts at Kriegbaum Field at 10 a.m., with runners leading the Heritage Days Parade.

"It's probably one of the only experiences people get to run in front of thousands of people in the first mile of a race," says Justin Miller, co-organizer of the race.

"That's probably one of the coolest aspects we have to offer."

The overall male and female winners will be awarded trophies, while age division winners and runners-up will receive medals.

2014 summer festival season gets start this week at Heritage Days

A hot air balloon glow is one of several events that can be found at Huntington North High School on Saturday evening, June 21, during Heritage Days.
TAB file photo.

Anyone looking for something fun to do in Huntington this weekend will find it when the Heritage Days festival returns for its 51st year, beginning Wednesday, June 18.

Some old favorite activities return this year, with some new ones added to the list.
The festival kicks off with Poor Jack Amusements, the familiar midway carnival, setting up on Warren Street for all five days of the festival. Festival-goers can expect some new rides and games this year.

Eric Clancy Jazz will return to city for this summer’s JeFFFest celebration

Eric Clancy will perform at this year’s JeFFFest.  The event, sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing, is Sunday, June 22, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Huntington.
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The LaFontaine Arts Council announces that Eric Clancy Jazz will once again provide the music for JeFFFest. Soloist Shannon Persinger will also be featured.

JeFFFest is a family-friendly community event sponsored by the LAC and Four Corners Custom Framing. The event will be held in downtown Huntington on Sunday, June 22, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Edward Jones financial advisors Scott Atkinson, Jim Ditzler, Chuck Harris, Nicole Johnson, Trent McBride, Jim Scheiber and Jim Warner are underwriting Clancy's appearance.

Giedeman and Price submit winning entries for Andrews Summer Festival logo design competition

Andrews Elementary School students Jadynn Giedeman (left) and Gavin Price submitted the winning entries in the Andrews Summer Festival “Design the 2014 Logo” contest.
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Artwork by two Andrews Elementary School students have found their way into the Andrews Summer Festival.

Third-grader Jadynn Giedeman's entry, "Andrews Summer Festival, family fun for everyone" was selected as the festival motto.

'Gotta Dance'

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Bonnie Jones (right) dances the Valero with partner David Cowdrey during the "Gotta Dance" ballroom dancing exhibitions at the Senior Expo on Thursday, May 22.

Snack break

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Jennifer Humann (left) tops off Amandy Clabaugh's ice cream sundae during the Senior Expo on Thursday, May 22. The ice cream was provided as a free afternoon snack by Signature Health Care of Bluffton.

A gift from 'Elvis'

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Gail Green accepts a scarf from Elvis tribute artist Gordy Clemens at the Huntington County Council on Aging's 10th Annual Senior Expo on Thursday, May 22.

Looking over the goodies

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Visitors to the Huntington County Council on Aging's 10th annual Senior Expo line up at the Walgreens booth to pick up some free goodies given out by the Huntington store. More than 95 vendors passed out thousands of gadgets, from bottled water to playing cards, to the people who visited their booths. The expo took place Thursday, May 22, at the Merillat Physical Education Center at Huntington University.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Rose Meldrum, manager of the LaFontaine Center, glams it up flapper style at the Senior living facility's booth at the Huntington County Council on Aging Senior Expo Thursday, May 22, at Huntington University. Meldrum dressed in the Roaring '20s outfit to promote the center's open house, to be held Friday, June 20, during the upcoming Heritage Days Festival.